Rajnikanth: A journey of a Bus Conductor to a Superstar

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Rajnikanth who is also known as Thalaivaa has set the example of “If you can dream it, you can surely achieve it”. He is India’s one of the biggest superstar.

He is way more than just an actor, he is considered as the god among his fans.

He has a special persona among his fans, the crowd goes crazy by his presence. Some worship him as God,  some call him as a Superstar.

Born of a star

Rajnikanth was born on 12th December 1950 in a Marathi family in Karnataka. He was named as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad after the Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji. He was the youngest of all four siblings. Hailing from a Marathi background, he has still not done any Marathi films.

When Rajni was not Rajnikanth

Rajnikanth’s story is not a fairy-tale. He is the real superhero of his own life script which is full of hardships and struggle. In the starting, he took up many odd jobs like a carpenter and a coolie. His mother died when he was very young and his family faced so much financial crisis, that’s was the instance which forced him to take odd jobs in order to support his family, but later on, he worked as a bus conductor in the Bangalore Transport Services. From there he began to take part in plays and also joined the Madras Film Institute against the wish of his family. During his plays Tamil film director, K Balachander advised him to learn Tamil and without wasting any time the superstar began learning the Tamil language.

When superstar came to Fame

In this era, where everyone is trying to imitate others but Rajnikanth choose the path of being original which made him to become the legend. He made his first debut in the Tamil movie ‘Apoorva Raagangal’ whose director was K Balachander. Since then Balachander played a role of a guru in Rajnikanth’s life. The debut movie of Rajnikanth received three National Awards. During the next many years, Rajnikanth’s career was at its peak, but apparently, he decided to quit acting but he was forced to make a come back in the movies by his followers and fans.

He then made a comeback with the movie ‘Billa’, which was the remake of ‘Don’. Playing the double role in the movie turned out to be the huge success of the movie. This was the time when Rajnikanth was recognized by his acting skills just not in India but across the world.

Entry of superstar in Bollywood

He made his Bollywood debut from the movie “Andha Kanoon” in 1983 along with Big B (Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini), which later become the highest-grossing movie at that time. He has worked in several Bollywood movies which includes: Insaaniyat Ke Devta, Hum, John Jani Janardhan and much more.

In the year 2000, he was honored with Padma Bhushan award In 2014 at the 45th International Film Festival of India he received”Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year”.and later on in the year 2016 he was honored with Padma Vibhushan Award by the government of India.

Fighting against all odds, Rajnikanth continued to spread his own persona through his spectacular performance till now.

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